Lovina

4.7
657 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Lovina offers casual fine dining with exceptional food, wine, and company. We are a woman owned restaurant that produces delicious dishes and we work with local farms, ranches, and orchards. Our wine list features small producers from the Valley, mostly Calistoga AVA, as well as French wines.

We serve dinner every night and brunch on weekends!
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Food came out wrong and cold. Sat us at a table where the sun was in your eyes. Disappointed.

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vipLovefood
Orange County
254 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

As some restaurants continue to have their outdoor dining spaces, I think it's important to add a pleasurable atmosphere that is similar to the rest of the restaurant. Although they tried, they definitely need to do more to add to the experience of the back parking lot.

The burgers were not cooked to our requested temp. of Medium/Rare and the Bloody Mary's were so-so.

They used to have a much more exciting menu. Hope that changes with Covid restrictions lifting.

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Lori
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was actually good. Try the duck confit and risotto . The Moscow mule was yummy

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SeanL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Came here on a recommendation fr9m our waiter at Amaro a few nights before. The food did not disappoint. The setting is a super quaint basement and garden of a residential house on a leafy corner in Calistoga. We arrived at 5pm and were seated in the garden at the only table not covered by shade. It was brutal and we had to leave before dessert The food was really good, with some shining moments. The ceviche was on point, the polenta bites were paired with their secret umami aioli, really delicious. I went for the bolognese and opted for it to come "dirty" with cheese and truffle oil (of the good kind) - it was obscenely good. The highlight though was the bread and butter, comes screaming hot from the oven accompanied by whipped butter topped with black salt - a light crispy crust encased a soft yet structured bread center that defies description in earthly terms. All in a a great spot in Calistoga for unique Cal cuisine.

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fishwacket
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovina's menu included some wonderful healthy and even vegan options. We started with ceviche, which was delicious, and offered as a fairly generous portion. Next was the vegan lasagna with impossible sausage, which was delicious, and offered in as an extremely large portion. We split the lasagna and even had some to take home. Our vegan cheesecake was a delight. Neither of us had had cheesecake in many years, due to lactose intolerance or other dietary restrictions. To be able to eat something fairly similar tasting was a real treat. Our service provider was terrific as was the hostess.

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trumpetlaw
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful outdoor setting, terrific food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We spent great time for family reunion at Lovina. Brunch and desserts are all great! Mimosa is average. No parking spots during peak hours.

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vipNoeResident
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing delicious food served on beautiful handmade dishes. Don’t miss!

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RyanK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here several times and unlike most restaurant I adore, this one gets better each time. The second story dining add-on was also superior!

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JenniferT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best vegetarian options! Lasagna was divine. Homemade pasta — amazing!

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vipSusanE
New England
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Friendly, excellent service and delicious food. Our daughter needs dairy free options and they were plentiful along with tasting great.

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vipJAMSF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great waitress.

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vipPatriciaL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time dining at Lovina!! Absolutely fantastic!! If I lived closer, I would dine at Lovina at every opportunity!! Can’t wait to go again!!

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vipStevieB
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Lovina for Sunday breakfast. Our server “Taylor” is awesome!

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LorinS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good but missed the mark in a couple of small ways - salad was overdressed and the bread pudding for dessert was a little bland, but the salmon was cooked really well. The staff was excellent. I'd be willing to give them another try.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We left both entrees uneaten due to it being barely edible. The risotto was soup and not cooked enough at all, the boneless ribeye was absolutely terrible. Came out raw and tough. We asked them to put it back on the grill and they came out with the entire plate scolding hot. Their wine selection was poor, the waitress did not asks if our meals were ok and made us pay for all of it without asking anything about the food not being eaten. At the end of the meal, the waitress said to us “have a good night doing whatever you’re doing”. From the moment we walked in the door we seemed to be bothersome to the hostess. Very very poor experience overall.

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vipAnnieK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience5

The portions are out of whack here. Came for my birthday and paid entree prices for 1/2 the portion u would get at any other restaurant. This is not a high end upscale operation where it’s $$$$ for small plates. This is a normal restaurant basically ripping off customers and making them leave hungry. Did not want to spend a penny more than we did here for what we ordered. Talked to someone who said they were “management” and after explaining we were starving after paying $30 for a pasta dish and $15 salad that had 5 lettuce leaves on it, bargained with us to give us half portion more of the bolognese we ordered. Very shabby management here and would not return or recommend.

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vipRandallNOLA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Love this place. So happy they're open again. Great folks there, management and bartender are excellent.

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AnitaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic food and great service
we were celebrating a birthday and they paid such attention to detail

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate inside for my second post COVID trip to Lovina. The dining rooms are so cute. This was before June 15th so it was one table for every dining room very distanced. Food was amazing I got the chilaquiles and the mimosa flight. Plenty of booze for one person honestly I should have shared with my friend. She had the spicy Bloody Mary and it was delicious but definitely make you sweat. It’s in a really cute part of Calistoga I highly recommend while in Napa. The only issue with sitting inside is it’s an old house so a larger group’s voices echoed into our room just keep that in mind.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service and cuisine are pleasantly very exceptional and very enjoyable, however noise above us (ceiling) detracted from ambience and enjoyment. While only 10:30am it sounded at times like a group of people were dancing boisterously on the floor above which is also part of the restaurant, a second floor open terrace

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MarkS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Both pasta dishes, prawns in cream sauce and the bolognese, and the risotto orders were freshly made and very tasty. Pastas are made in-house.

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vipRickO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Moscow mule with pineapple, wonderful service, and we enjoyed everything we ate, desserts are a must!

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DianeM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved This Resturaunt!! We are Definitely coming Back. Very Good Service!! Excellent Food !

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MarcyC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding meal. Great for a vegetarian like me too. Epic dessert! Very warm and unpretentious. I’d definitely come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and delicious!??

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Dfw1
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought an exec group here for an offsite. Custom menu, custom pairings. Incredible experience. Would go again.

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Tonkathomp
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so delicious; it was the first time in about six months since my wife finished the whole plate herself. She didn't want to share. That is saying something

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vipHools
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The menu was interesting, and we appreciated the vegan options. The ambiance was nice. The risotto was excellent. The ceviche was very fresh but not as flavorful as we'd hoped. The duck salad, vegan lasagna, and vegan cheesecake were good but nothing special. Our waitress was excellent at first, but later no one bothered to take our dirty plates away, even when they brought our dessert.

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vipJulied
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always THE BEST experience, all around. Thank you, Lovina. We love y’all.

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vipEvadiva
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic my favorite brunch in Calistoga

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Calissa
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, food presentation, and taste. It was amazing! The staff were very friendly as well. Awesome experience. We were able to sit in the ‘family room’ which was perfect for our group. Very clean restaurant.

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ConnieP
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Who would have guessed in the land of meat and cheese that Lovina's would create THE best vegan Lasagne? Well, they did, and we loved it!

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food4music
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We like sitting outside on the street side, even with the car traffic. When we arrived they were going to sit us behind the cafe which was a converted parking lot. The area was too sunny and the music too loud. They were happy to move us to the front where it was quite pleasant.

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vipChrisA
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love LOVINA… Best restaurant in Calistoga… shhhhh

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the service was excellent. Great customer service—the waiter consistently checked in and made sure we had all we needed. The food was great and the atmosphere was pretty laidback on a sunny Saturday! I’d recommend this place to friends and family—plan to come back. :)

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AlinaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely patio area and upstairs veranda. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Nice staff that checked in on you often. Will definitely be back and recommend it to friends.

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vipLobo
Orange County
266 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable Dinner - Ceviche, Shrimp & Pasta - Very good. No Full Bar, but a very nice Wine list.

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AngelaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good but the wine list was pretty terrible considering where the restaurant is located. We didn’t end up with a bottle of wine, which we always have when out to dinner, due to the poor list. Hopefully they will consider updating it.

Lovina
Responded on June 6, 2021

Hello! What would you have liked to see on the list? We have very limited storage, so it can't get very big, but I'd love to know what you were looking for and I'll try to find something that fits that range to improve the options. Best, Jen

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vipwineslut
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Gem salad is killer. Bolognese and roast chicken are both highly recommended.

FAQs

Lovina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 942-6500.

Lovina is rated 4.7 stars by 657 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.